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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can Joe be described?

2. What does Joe say he plans to use to hurt Spunk?

3. What do Walter and Elijah think Joe will do when he sees Spunk?

4. Who comes out from the woods in Chapter 2?

5. How do the men in Chapter 2 feel toward Spunk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is your favorite character in Chapter 1? Why?

2. Who is the winner of Hurston's story? How so?

3. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

4. Who narrates the final chapter? Is this effective?

5. What does Spunk seem to think the bobcat is?

6. At what point does Spunk become paranoid that Joe is haunting him? How does this relate to his occupation?

7. What is fascinating about Spunk? In finishing Chapter 1, what do you predict will happen to him?

8. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

9. From whose perspective is Chapter 3 told?

10. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What does the Bradley house symbolize? What do you think Hurston was trying to communicate to readers by including this element in the story?

Essay Topic 2

The title of Hurston's work, "Spunk," seems straightforward, yet it indicates a particular significance about one character. In your opinion, why does Hurston choose this particular title? What does this title signify? What does it tell readers about the story?

Essay Topic 3

There are several instances of irony in Hurston's book. Identify at least one of these instances and describe why Hurston may have used irony when describing this particular situation.

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